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RootsTech 2013 Recap

Posted March 26, 2013 by Amanda | 2 Comments

We had an amazing time at RootsTech in Salt Lake City, Utah. Over 6,700 people came out to the conference, drawing an even larger crowd than last year. The first day was a whirlwind as the booth was crowded with people interested in learning more about MyHeritage and Geni. This was the first time we attended as a part of the MyHeritage family and we had an amazing team manning the booth. It was a… Read the full story

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RootsTech 2013: Day 1

Posted March 22, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment

We had a great first day at RootsTech and we wanted to share a few pictures from the day with you. Within minutes of the expo hall opening, we had swarms of people at the booth. It’s estimated that there are over 6,800 people registered – that’s over 2,000 people than last year! This year was especially exciting as it was the first time we attended RootsTech as a part of the MyHeritage family. Check… Read the full story

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Meet the Geni Team at RootsTech 2013

Posted March 14, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment

RootsTech 2013, one of the biggest genealogy events of the year, is just around the corner. Between March 21 – 23, the Geni team will be at the RootsTech 2013 conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Unlike any other conference, RootsTech provides you with the unique opportunity to connect with industry experts and discover the latest tools and techniques for researching your family history. From genealogists to developers, RootsTech offers hands-on workshops, presentations and more… Read the full story

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Video of Geni’s RootsTech Presentation Now Available

Posted March 9, 2012 by Amanda | 2 Comments

Did you miss the live stream of Noah Tutak’s presentation at RootsTech? No problem! The video for his entire presentation is now available. Click the video below to watch “Privacy in a Collaborative Environment.” Description: When we work together on genealogy, we’re no longer are constrained to “My tree” or “Your tree.” Suddenly, we’re all working on “Our tree.” In this presentation, Noah Tutak, CEO of Geni.com, will explain how to properly handle private and public… Read the full story

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RootsTech 2012 – Privacy in a Collaborative Environment

Posted February 9, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment

RootsTech did a great job streaming several of the presentations live. Did you catch Noah Tutak’s session online? Here are the slides to his presentation, “Privacy in a Collaborative Environment.” Description: When we work together on genealogy, we’re no longer are constrained to “My tree” or “Your tree.” Suddenly, we’re all working on “Our tree.” In this presentation, Noah Tutak, CEO of Geni.com, will explain how to properly handle private and public data in a… Read the full story

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RootsTech 2012 Presentation – Better Genealogy Through APIs

Posted February 7, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment

We had a great showing for each of our sessions at Rootstech. For those of you who couldn’t make it to our presentations, we’ll be posting the slides to the blog throughout the week. Be sure to keep an eye out for all four presentations! Below you’ll find Michael Berkovich’s presentation, “Better Genealogy Through APIs.” Description: With the advent of online and cooperative genealogy, APIs have become vital in the progression of the industry. In… Read the full story

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Rootstech 2012 Recap

Posted February 6, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment

We had a great time meeting everybody at Rootstech in Salt Lake City, Utah. Charles and I were joined by our CEO Noah Tutak, CTO Justin Balthrop and our amazing engineer Michael Berkovich. We had a blast talking to many Geni users who stopped by the booth. Many even came in Geni T-shirts! The first day kicked off on a high note. In Thursday’s keynote, Geni was mentioned during the announcement of a new Chrome browser… Read the full story

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Come See the Geni Team at RootsTech 2012

Posted January 25, 2012 by Amanda | 4 Comments

RootsTech‘s annual conference in Salt Lake City, Utah is just around the corner. This one of a kind genealogy conference brings techies and genealogists together to discover new technologies in family history research. RootsTech will be held from February 2 – 4, 2012. Several Geni team members will be in attendance and we can’t wait to meet all of you, so be sure to head on over to our booth to say hi! If your… Read the full story

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The Winner of our RootsTech Giveaway

Posted February 16, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

While we were at RootsTech last weekend, we had a pretty great giveaway. If you gave us your name and e-mail address at our booth, we entered you for a chance to win an iPod Touch. We had quite a bit of uptake, but we could only have one winner. We picked a number at random, and that number was Devin’s. He came back to the booth, and we asked him to send us a… Read the full story

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RootsTech Photos Keep Trickling

Posted February 15, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

RootsTech was pretty great. If you didn’t get to go out and experience it in person, we hope you can get the gist of it from us. Here is the last bit of pictures from the conference floor. I hope you like ‘em.

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Geni’s CTO talks APIs at RootsTech

Posted February 15, 2011 by Geni | 4 Comments

Amos Elliston, our CTO here at Geni, gave a presentation on the API panel at RootsTech. If you’re at all interested in what some great developers have in store, check out this video. Many thanks to the folks at Family Search for having us on the panel.

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Monday Recap for February 10, 2014

Posted February 10, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment

Still recovering from RootsTech? Check out these articles from the past week! Image: World War One: How did 12 million letters a week reach soldiers? / BBC News The Genealogy Sphere World War One: How did 12 million letters a week reach soldiers? (BBC News) – Read how letters from home reached WWI soldiers in the battlefield Mystery girl in iconic photo comes to life (MSN News) – Amazing story of how a genealogist identified… Read the full story

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A Look Back at 2013

Posted December 31, 2013 by Amanda | 2 Comments

As we prepare to welcome in the new year, we thought it would be fun to reflect on some of the amazing things we have accomplished in the last 12 months. We’re proud of the many exciting new features we introduced this year to help you research your family history. While we all work together to build the largest and most accurate family tree of the world, genealogy research on Geni has never been faster or… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for April 1, 2013

Posted April 1, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment

Check out some interesting articles from the past week. The Genealogy Sphere A Land Patent is Just the Beginning (Genealogy Tip of the Day) – Don’t stop at the land patent. Check out this tip on where land patents can lead. Social media breaking down family history barriers (Standard-Examiner) – Thomas MacEntee talks about how social media has made genealogy more accessible Family Tree Talk: Researcher shares her genealogy adventure (Sentinel-Standard.com) – A genealogist follows… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for March 18, 2013

Posted March 18, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment

What are some interesting genealogy articles you’ve read lately? Check out a few we’ve found! The Genealogy Sphere Rail dig may have found London’s lost ‘Black Death’ graves (NBC News) – Archaeologists discover a lost burial ground in London The Stories That Bind Us (New York Times) – Creating a strong family narrative to reinforce your family relationships The puzzling probate (The Legal Genealogist blog) – Judy G. Russell works through a troublesome probate record… Read the full story

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Genealogy Conferences 2013

Posted January 3, 2013 by Amanda | 8 Comments

Now that it’s the start of a new year, we’re putting together a helpful list of genealogy conferences for 2013! Check out the list of upcoming conferences below and we’ll continue to update it as more dates become available. If you know of a conference that’s not on the list, please let us know in the comments below. Which conferences will you be attending? January Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (Salt Lake City, Utah) January 14… Read the full story

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A Look Back at 2012

Posted December 31, 2012 by Amanda | 2 Comments

Now is that time of year when we look back and reflect at what we have accomplished in the last 12 months. Here’s a little trip down memory lane as we remember a few highlights from 2012. We started 2012 with an amazing experience at Rootstech 2012. We had a great audience for all of our sessions where we were able to enthusiastically share power of collaboration in genealogy. It was also exciting to see new and… Read the full story

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FGS 2012 Conference Recap

Posted September 4, 2012 by Amanda | 2 Comments

We’re back from Birmingham, Alabama, where we attended FGS 2012 Conference. We had a great time meeting Geni users and chatting with librarians and genealogy society members about Geni’s Public Access program. We arrived a couple of days early to set up the Geni booth. The expo hall was a good size, with lots of vendors. It was great to see some familiar faces and new products making their conference debut. We had fun chatting… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for March 12, 2012

Posted March 12, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment

Check out some interesting articles from the world of genealogy! The Genealogy Sphere Handwritten journals from Lizzie Borden lawyer donated to FRHS (The Herald News) – Hand written letters from Lizzie Borden’s lawyer were recently donated to the Fall River Historical Society Behind the Scenes of the Milstein Suspense Trailer (New York Public Library) – A behind the scenes look at the cool movie trailer-style promo video for the Milstein Division of the U.S. History, Local… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for February 13, 2012

Posted February 13, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment

A recap of the past couple of weeks in links! The Genealogy Sphere Genealogy Research vs. Privacy Restrictions (Archives.com) – Talking about privacy restrictions in genealogy research Genealogy: FamilySearch indexes all U.S. censuses, will add 1940 quickly after April release (The Salt Lake City Tribune) – 1940s census records are coming soon! How NBC’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Picks Its Celebrities (Investors.com) – Ever wonder how the celebrities in Who Do You Think… Read the full story

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Bring Your Evernote Notes to Geni with NoteFuser

Posted February 8, 2012 by Amanda | 5 Comments

The winners of the RootsTech‘s Developer Challenge were announced on the second day of the conference. The challenge called for developers to create a new application or service that introduces a new concept or innovation in family history. The grand prize went to Jimmy Zimmerman for NoteFuser, which brings the power of Evernote to your genealogical research. After receiving his award, Jimmy stopped by the Geni booth to give us a brief demo of NoteFuser with Geni…. Read the full story

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Mormon Genealogy – An Interview with Randy Stebbing Part 2

Posted February 3, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment

In anticipation for RootsTech 2012 genealogy conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, we interviewed Geni Curator Randy Stebbing, who graciously agreed to share with us his experience working on projects about Mormon genealogy on Geni. Below is part 2 of his interview. You can find part 1 here. What are some of the biggest challenges of doing Mormon genealogy? One of the challenges is working with profiles that lived recently. Many of these profiles are initially… Read the full story

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Mormon Genealogy – An Interview with Randy Stebbing Part 1

Posted February 2, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment

In anticipation for RootsTech 2012 genealogy conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, we interviewed Geni Curator Randy Stebbing, who graciously agreed to share with us his experience working on projects about Mormon genealogy on Geni. Here is part 1 of his interview. Check back tomorrow for part 2. You’ve been instrumental in creating several projects about Early Mormon Leaders and Pioneers. What first sparked your interest in this area? You might say its “in my… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Brigham Young

Posted February 2, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment

Today, is the first day of Rootstech! In honor of this event, we’re highlighting Brigham Young‘s Geni profile. Brigham Young was an early leader of the Latter Day Saint movement and founder of Salt Lake City, Utah. Young even served as the first governor of the Utah Territory. Brigham Young is connected to over 61 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Brigham Young’s Geni Profile  

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Monday Recap for January 30, 2012

Posted January 30, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment

Check out some great links from the past week! The Genealogy Sphere There’s no place like home…for 100 years: Centenarian lives in the house where she was born (and these days it has running water and electricity) (Daily Mail) – A woman lives in the same cottage for 100 years 8 Ways to Avoid Barking Up the Wrong Family Tree (About.com) – Genealogist Kimberly Powell offers great advice about how to avoid those wrong turns… Read the full story

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Genealogy Conferences 2012

Posted January 4, 2012 by Amanda | 4 Comments

Since many of you found our list of 2011 genealogy conferences helpful last year, we thought it would be great to offer up our list for 2012. Below you’ll find a list of genealogy conferences in the U.S. for the coming year, with more to be added as the dates become available. Conferences in bold are those that will be attended by Geni. By no means is this list comprehensive, so if you know of any additional… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for December 19, 2011

Posted December 19, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment

Here are some interesting genealogy articles from last week. Enjoy! The Genealogy Sphere Woman searches for rightful owner of family memories (Bakersfieldnow.com) – A woman finds a suitcase full of photos and letters Unlocking decades of family histories (Portside Messenger) – A woman unlocks the genealogy of more than 200 Aboriginal families in SA Are We Going to Lose the Social Security Death Index (SSDI)? (Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak) – Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak’s thoughts about the… Read the full story

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Geni Podcast: Securing Your Genealogy

Posted June 23, 2011 by Geni | 4 Comments

[Download This Episode] [Subscribe in iTunes] [Subscribe in Your Favorite Podcatcher] Geni Podcast: Securing Your Genealogy by Geni, Inc. In this episode, Thomas MacEntee and Grant Brunner discuss making sure that your genealogy is secure. We don’t want to lose any of our hard work, so listen to some of these great tips about security. Show Notes: How should I preserve original documents and photos for future generations? Preserving documents and photos is getting more… Read the full story

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Geni Podcast: Helping Others with Genealogy

Posted June 3, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

[Download This Episode] [Subscribe in iTunes] [Subscribe in Your Favorite Podcatcher] Show Notes: Why should I help others with their genealogy? For me the question is more “why not help others with their genealogy?” Most of us had some sort of mentor or person who welcomed us into the world of genealogy whether it was a relative, a librarian, or a staff member at a Family History Center. I can’t say why it seems that… Read the full story

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Geni Podcast: Genealogy Conferences

Posted March 17, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

[mp3j track="Download This Episode@http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.geni.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/geni003.mp3" volslider="y" style="outline"] [Subscribe in iTunes] [Subscribe in Your Favorite Podcatcher] Featuring: Thomas MacEntee

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Monday Recap for March 7th, 2011

Posted March 7, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

Profile of the Day Natalie Portman Johnny Cash Dr. Seuss Francis Scott Key Lonel Richie Geni How To How To: Make a Public or Private Discussion How To: Make a Profile Public Interesting Geni Blog Posts The Geni Podcast: Welcome, Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak Look Who’s Related: Tony Blair and the Royal Family The Genealogy Experience by Thomas Pileggi Family Tree Tuesday – George Clooney Additional Updates to Geni More Documents and Sources Enhancements Introducing Profile… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for February 28th, 2011

Posted February 28, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

Profile of the Day Kim Cattrall Ella Fitzgerald Coretta Scott King George Washington Geni How To How To: Merge Profiles How To: Upload Documents How To: Tag a Photo with a Profile ID How To: Find Other People’s Relationship Paths Interesting Geni Blog Posts Look Who’s Related: George Washington and all the Presidents Family Tree Tuesday – J. Paul Getty Family Stories from the Raj Looking Through Land Records Featured Project: Authors of Great Literature… Read the full story

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Geni Tours the Family History Library

Posted February 16, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

While we at Geni were in Salt Lake City, Utah for RootsTech, we toured the LDS church’s Family History Library. This huge building has innumerable amounts of data. From books to microfiche, this library is one of the best resources in the United States for genealogical information. Check it out.

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Geni’s Amos Elliston Answers Questions for Tpstry

Posted February 14, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

Tpstry is a very cool website that focuses on asking questions about you and your family. At Roots Tech, the founder sat down with our CTO to ask him three questions. Take a look.

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Monday Recap for February 14, 2011

Posted February 14, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

Profile of the Day Tim McGraw Marvin Gaye Harriet Beecher Stowe Walt Disney Aaron Rogers Geni Blog Posts Featured Project: Food & Beverage People Making a Tombstone Rubbing Welcome to Roots Tech Interview with Shmuel-Aharon Kam Family Tree Tuesday – Frank Sinatra Roots Tech Posts Dear Myrtle Amy Coffin GeneaBloggers Ancestry Insider TruScape

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Geni at Roots Tech: A Great Conference

Posted February 14, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

We were at Family Search’s Roots Tech conference all of last weekend. From Thursday until Saturday, Geni was fully represented in Salt Lake City. We rocked our booth, and our CTO Amos Elliston was on a panel with other leaders in Genealogy discussing the benefits of APIs. We have many cool things to share with you from Roots Tech, so keep your eye on the blog this week.

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Monday Recap for January 31, 2011

Posted January 31, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

So, what happened in the world of genealogy last week? Let me show you. The Genealogy Sphere Looking For Your Civil War Ancestor? by a3genealogy Hands-On Technology at RootsTech by Kimberly’s Genealogy Blog RootsTech Presenter Interview: Lisa Alzo by Luxegen Genealogy and Family History Mozart Genealogy??? by EASTERN WASHINGTON GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY BLOG 161-Year-Old Graveyard to be Bulldozed to Make Way for New Runway at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport by Geneanet On Geni Embed the World Family… Read the full story

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2011 Genealogy Conferences

Posted January 13, 2011 by George | 7 Comments

Updated 1/24/2011 to include conferences in the United Kingdom. Updated 3/16/2011 to include AAHGS. I was doing some preliminary conference planning yesterday and I wasn’t able to locate a reliable list of genealogy conferences for 2011.  Since I was making the list for myself, I decided to turn it into a blog post (and project) for the benefit of anyone else who is looking for a similar list.  Please use the comments below if there… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for January 10, 2011

Posted January 10, 2011 by George | No Comment

We’re not halfway through January and everyone is gearing up for conferences already!  Here are this week’s links: The Genealogy Sphere The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant (The Family Curator) – Please pass this link along to anyone student genealogists you know. RootsTech 2011 Announces Lineup of Keynote Speakers (We Tree) – We’re only a month out! Options for Becoming a Credentialed Genealogist (About.com) – I bet there’s somebody who’d be proud of… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for January 3, 2011

Posted January 3, 2011 by George | One Comment

We were off last week due to the holidays here in the states.  Below you’ll find lots of links from the end of December to start your new year! The Genealogy Sphere 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy: Thanks for Playing (We Tree) – The conclusion of a great series by Amy Coffin. GeneAwards 2010 (Tamura Jones) – Geni was awarded the GeneAward for Most Improved Product of 2010 by one of the more astute tech-genealogy… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for the Week of Dec. 6-12, 2010

Posted December 13, 2010 by George | No Comment

We’re quickly approaching the end of 2010, which means two things:  (a) lots of family time in the next few weeks, and (b) it’s time to start planning for the 2011 conference schedule. The Genealogy Sphere Genealogists are easy people to shop for (The Joplin Globe) – Lots and lots of easy, thoughtful gift ideas for genealogists. National Genealogical Society planning for 33rd conference (Mormon Times) – It’s time to start planning for this year’s… Read the full story

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Interview with Dear Myrtle

Posted November 3, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

This week we interviewed Myrt, a popular genealogist and the voice behind the DearMYRTLE blog, one of the Internet’s leading resources for novice genealogists.  Check out Myrt’s book Joy of Genealogy on Lulu. What originally piqued your interest in family history and genealogy?  Was there a point where it turned from a casual hobby to the serious hobby that it now is for you? You want the truth? A dump truck hit me, and I… Read the full story